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Date: 10 Aug 2007 20:05:11
From: bernie
Subject: Oh the humanity...
Yesterday I was in a local "italian" restaurant replacing a leaky
vacuum relief valve and safety relief valve. I usually wait until the
dead of the after lunch period to do these sorts of jobs. There was only
one table in the place and I could sort of discern the accent. One of
the guys kept watching me as I replace the valves and cranked up the
machine to test for leaks and pull a few test shots. As soon as he saw
me pull a shot he got up and came over to ask in Italian if he could
have a shot. I didn't understand so he made himself understood in very
weak English. I was surprised to be around a European who wasn't fluent
in several languages, especially if they were travelling. About then the
whole group of seven or eight came over and another asked if they could
get espressos. I looked around for management and, seeing none, said no.
They looked a little stunned. I tried to explain but no one in the group
spoke enough English for me to make myself understood. So I asked if
anyone spoke German. One guy was fluent and so I was able to explain in
old and bad German the machine was filthy and out of adjustment and the
damned espresso was at least a few months old. Crap. My one chance to
pull shots for travelling Italians and show we are not total philistines
and what am I doing but working on a machine that wouldn't be pulling a
decent shot for days. Double crap. I tried to explain how they could get
to my place and I'd give them free and excellent shots but they were
going a different way. I felt like the guy who dropped the
record-setting home run because he hadn't brought his glove. For some
reason it stayed under my skin all day.
Bernie (today's king of shouldawouldacoulda)




 
Date: 15 Aug 2007 09:11:38
From: D. Ross
Subject: Re: Oh the humanity...


  
Date: 15 Aug 2007 19:51:54
From: Tony Verhulst
Subject: Re: Oh the humanity...
D. Ross wrote:
> ...The change makes it very hard for me to practice my
> (terrible) Italian when I am there - everyone wants to practice their (very
> good) English on me.

I can relate. Having lived in the US for a long time, whenever I go back
to Holland and speak to a sales clerk in Dutch, I'm almost always
answered in English. It drives me nuts :-).

Anton Hendrik Verhulst


 
Date: 11 Aug 2007 06:17:21
From: sprsso
Subject: Re: Oh the humanity...
Welcome to my world....al



On Aug 10, 10:05 pm, bernie <bdig...@zianet.com > wrote:
> Yesterday I was in a local "italian" restaurant replacing a leaky
> vacuum relief valve and safety relief valve. I usually wait until the
> dead of the after lunch period to do these sorts of jobs. There was only
> one table in the place and I could sort of discern the accent. One of
> the guys kept watching me as I replace the valves and cranked up the
> machine to test for leaks and pull a few test shots. As soon as he saw
> me pull a shot he got up and came over to ask in Italian if he could
> have a shot. I didn't understand so he made himself understood in very
> weak English. I was surprised to be around a European who wasn't fluent
> in several languages, especially if they were travelling. About then the
> whole group of seven or eight came over and another asked if they could
> get espressos. I looked around for management and, seeing none, said no.
> They looked a little stunned. I tried to explain but no one in the group
> spoke enough English for me to make myself understood. So I asked if
> anyone spoke German. One guy was fluent and so I was able to explain in
> old and bad German the machine was filthy and out of adjustment and the
> damned espresso was at least a few months old. Crap. My one chance to
> pull shots for travelling Italians and show we are not total philistines
> and what am I doing but working on a machine that wouldn't be pulling a
> decent shot for days. Double crap. I tried to explain how they could get
> to my place and I'd give them free and excellent shots but they were
> going a different way. I felt like the guy who dropped the
> record-setting home run because he hadn't brought his glove. For some
> reason it stayed under my skin all day.
> Bernie (today's king of shouldawouldacoulda)




 
Date: 10 Aug 2007 20:31:25
From: Johnny
Subject: Re: Oh the humanity...

"bernie" <bdigman@zianet.com > wrote in message
news:46bd1958@nntp.zianet.com...
> Yesterday I was ...
Another great story Bernie. Keep 'em coming.